Archive for the 'Politics' Category

27
May
09

The green bubble burst

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger of The New Republic suggest that the green eco-friendly bubble has already burst. They conclude that this isn’t the first time an eco bubble has inflated then burst.  First signs of an eco-friendly society emerged in 1969 with an industrial pollution fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio,  generating public outrage.

…these past bursts of environmentalism waxed and waned with the rise and fall of the economy. But, perhaps more significantly, the green bubbles inflated during highly polarized periods in American society and politics, often fueled by disastrously violent episodes in foreign policy.

27
Feb
09

Jimmy Carter fact of the day

When Jimmy Carter signed Senate Amendment 3534 in 1978 he single-handedly revolutionized the American brewing industry. A portion of the amendment gave each household permission to produce up to 200 gallons of tax-exempt beer each year.

The American public had decided it liked its beer cheap, bland, and less filling, and the industry—which, after decades of consolidation, consisted of a mere 44 breweries in 1979.

Three decades later, the U.S. boasts 1,463 breweries, including 975 brewpubs. Bud Light and its analogs still dominate the market, but even your corner market may have at least a few selections to tempt the palate of Joe Microbrew: summer ales, double bocks, black lagers, maybe even a honey orange wheat ale.

Read the article here…Way to go Jimmy.

29
Jan
09

is he familiar with how a bike operates?

Rep McHenry (r) award recipient of the Total Douche Award. Your words are the least inspiring and utter your complete ignorance…My pity rest with the constituents you represent..worst wishes.

13
Oct
08

The Bicycle Commuter Act

Next year, employers who provide bike friendly facilities, i.e. parking, maintenance facilities, and other commuting support can deduct up to $20 a month per participating emplyee from their taxable income.

SEC. 211. TRANSPORTATION FRINGE BENEFIT TO BICYCLE COMMUTERS.
(a)
In General- Paragraph (1) of section 132(f) is amended by adding at the
end the following:(a) In General- Paragraph (1) of section 132(f) is
amended by adding at the end the following:’(D) Any qualified bicycle
commuting reimbursement’. …

The $20 bike benefit, should employers actually make the effort to
create a program for their cycle commuters, compares rather poorly to
the $115 mass-transit benefit already available, or the subsidies
nearly double that aimed at helping those who drive to work.

Read here for the entire review, hidden amongst our bailout package.

10
Oct
08

The Sidewalk to Nowhere

The Crazies.

22
Sep
08

Laissez-faire (hey, a French word)

Admit it, mes amis, the rugged individualism and cutthroat capitalism that made America the land of unlimited opportunity has been shrink-wrapped by a half dozen short sellers in Greenwich, Conn. and FedExed to Washington D.C. to be spoon-fed back to life by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson

It only gets better..

All Mitterrand did was nationalize France’s big banks and insurance companies in 1982; he didn’t have to deal with bankers who didn’t want to lend money, as Paulson does. When the state runs the banks, they are merely cows to be milked in the service of la patrie.

The article is here.

17
Sep
08

Asleep at the switch

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past two months you’ve probably taken notice to the flip-flop fiscal policies of the McCain camp. Below are some McCain excerpts via The American Prospect.

Today, John McCain said, “Wall Street has betrayed us. They’ve broken the social contract between capitalism and the average citizen and the worker..This is a result of excess and greed and corruption. And that’s exactly what is plaguing Americans today. And we got to fix it and we’ve got to update our regulatory system.

OK John.  Vague political prose.

Three years ago, John McCain signed on to George W. Bush’s efforts to privatize Social Security. He surveyed Wall Street and decided that it was a stable enough institution to entrust with the nation’s pension funds. Three years ago. Even so, McCain has consistently argued that much of Social Security should be turned over to…Wall Street.

Is this an episode of The Twilight Zone?

Either he wanted to tank the nation’s pensions funds or he was one of the people asleep at the switch.

Read the entire post from Ezra Klein here.

13
Sep
08

Springboks and victory for cultural amity

“It was the moment I realised that there really was a chance this country could work,” gushes a teary-eyed rugby official.

John Carlin’s new novel, ‘Playing the Enemy’, explores how ruby helped bridge a racial chasm in South Africa.

An excellent review via Economist.

12
Sep
08

Should we be scared?

The government is looking for an agreement that would not involve public money.

Recent discussions amongst Lehman Brothers, the Federal Reserve, and Treasury Department in regards to actively selling the financial giant.

And I don’t see where anything has really changed in the last few days to make Lehman a $4 stock versus a $20 stock. So what we’re dealing with, I think, is less fundamentals than fear,” Paulsen said. “It’s spooky because I’m not sure anyone has an answer as to how you’d end it.”

07
Sep
08

McDonald’s theory of war

The logic is thus: countries with middle classes large enough to sustain a McDonald’s have reached a level of prosperity and global integration that makes warmongering risky and unpalatable to its people.

Thomas Friedman, who invented the theory in 1996, finds that countries with a developed middle class, one that can sustain a McDonald’s, is less likely to engage in aggressive behavior. Unfortunately, the Russia-Georgia conflict proves otherwise. What about countries with KFC and Taco Bell?

Here is the entire article via the Guardian.

02
Sep
08

R.A. Childs

Anarchism and Justice, by Roy A. Childs, and further readings here.

23
Aug
08

Correlation between free trade and peace

Don Boudreaux’s article, Want world peace? Support free trade, highlights the unique correlation between free trade and peace.

Protectionists (of whatever party) believe that consumers who buy goods and services from foreigners cause domestic employment – and wages – to fall. Economists since before Adam Smith have shown that this belief is mistaken, largely because foreigners sell things to us only because they either want to buy things from us or invest in our economy.

One easily becomes aware of the contridictory stances politicians have taken in regards to trade protectionism and the long-run prospects of peace.




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